5G Student Battle

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During the 5G Student Battle in November 2022, five student teams, consisting of vocational school students, university of applied sciences students and university students, worked together in a 24-hour hackathon on innovative products or services for the future using 5G. The final was held on November 27 at Zernike Campus. The hackathon took place at the Digital Society Hub.


The 5G and Sustainability team won the jury prize and went home with five drones (DJI Mini 2).  
"Loflow is a good example of how an Internet-of-Things application, based on 5G, can help to reduce water and energy consumption," says Wim van de Pol, chairman of the professional jury and member of the Executive Board ROC Noorderpoort.  

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In addition to this main prize, the public could distribute € 5000,- among the teams. The 5G and Safety team received the most public votes and the largest amount with a smart firefighter helmet. With the help of various sensors, a fire chief can get direct insight into the situation in which his fellow firefighters find themselves.

Real life themes

During the 5G Student Battle, students worked on a practice-oriented issue for a regional organisation. For the third edition of this battle, MarinMinds (maritime), Arriva (mobility), the Municipality of Groningen and the Police Innovation House Noord Nederland (crowd management), The Groningen Fire Department (safety) and Water company Groningen (sustainability) have each formulated an issue for which the student teams have come up with an innovative product or service.

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Vocational, Applied Sciences and Universities student together in one battle

"What is unique thing about this event is that the students work together in broadly composed teams: vocational, applied sciences and university students, work together in one team. And that works!" says Peter Rake, Programme Manager at 5Groningen. Each student team was supervised by one or two team coaches from one of the 11 partners of 5Groningen.

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According to Akke Groenewoud, director of the Economic Board Groningen, the event is very valuable for the region. "Economic Board Groningen wants to strengthen the economy in the province of Groningen. It all starts with education. It is fantastic to see that vocational, applied sciences and university students educational institutions work together. A unique combination that benefits the local business community."

Economic Board Groningen has initiated the 5Groningen programme to investigate how 5G can accelerate and create new innovations. 5Groningen makes North Groningen the testing ground for the latest generation of mobile internet. Entrepreneurs and non-profit organisations work together with experts from telecom, knowledge institutions and government to test applications of 5G.

Expert jury

The expert jury of the 5G Student Battle consisted of Wim van der Pol (Executive Board ROC Noorderpoort), Rix Groenboom (Lector New Business & ICT, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen), Jurgen Grobbee (Regional Director Alfa-college), Prof. ir. Bayu Jayawardhana (professor of Mechatronics and Control of Nonlinear Systems, University of Groningen) and Elmar de Jong (Coordinator Startup Visa, Founded in Groningen). 

The 5G Student Battle was organised by 5Groningen, initiative of Economic Board Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, University of Groningen, Noorderpoort and Alfa-college. The presentation of the final was in the hands of Tristan Hofman.

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